The 3 days “International Conference on Autism and Neuro-developmental Disorders”, with the overall theme of developing effective and sustainable multi-sectoral programs for individuals, families and communities living with ASD and other neuro-developmental disorders, commenced today at the Royal Banquet Hall, Thimphu.
Her Majesty the Gyaltsuen, Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of The People’s Republic of Bangladesh and His Excellency Dasho Tshering Tobgay, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, graced the inaugural session.
The conference was attended by about 350 participants from around the world and locally, made up of senior government leaders, policymakers, experts and activists.
Her Majesty also launched the “Guideline for Differently-Abled Friendly Construction” developed by the Ministry of Works and Human Settlement, which is a comprehensive guideline for the universal design of new facilities and remodeling of existing structures to enable use by differently-abled people.
The Conference is hosted by the Ministry of Health, Royal Government of Bhutan, and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of Bangladesh, with the technical support of Shuchona Foundation, Ability Bhutan Society (ABS), and the World Health Organization South-East Asia Regional Office. The Conference will provide a platform for policy-makers to engage with all stakeholders to solicit commitment for the implementation of international resolutions on autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.